Lonicera nitida 'Red Tips'

Shrubby honeysuckle

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Light green


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Carole Drake, copyright GAP Photos (147431)

Plant details

Perhaps the best known of the shrubby honeysuckles that are used for hedging. It's dense and fast-growing quickly producing a bushy hedge. The variety 'Red Tips' produces bright scarlet new growth that gradually fades with maturity. The new growth is supple making it useful for training into elaborate shapes and outdoor topiary. Plants will thrive on most soils in sun or shade. Plants may require several trims during the growing season to keep them tidy.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Lonicera

Species: nitida

Cultivar: Red Tips

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Light green

Foliage colour: Dark green, Bronze

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: April to June

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